Environment

Eagles in their nest in a French Creek Douglas fir, which was almost cut down in 2019. (Save French Creek Estuary Land photo)

WATCH: Eagles return to French Creek tree saved from chopping block

Frankie the eaglet’s parents come back, have two babies

Eagles in their nest in a French Creek Douglas fir, which was almost cut down in 2019. (Save French Creek Estuary Land photo)
Tim Ebata, a forest health officer with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, shows where the ministry is planning to spray in and around Lake Cowichan for the invasive species gypsy moth this spring at an open house on Jan. 28. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Gypsy moth spraying in Lake Cowichan begins next week

Spraying will start shortly after sunrise and should be completed by 7:30 a.m. daily.

  • May 8, 2020
Tim Ebata, a forest health officer with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, shows where the ministry is planning to spray in and around Lake Cowichan for the invasive species gypsy moth this spring at an open house on Jan. 28. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A picture posted by Surge Narrows Community Association for their fundraiser, shows children enjoying in a Read Island forest. (Photo/Surge Narrows Community Association)

Read Island folks might buy a forest for the third time

After ‘Lot 302’, the Surge Narrows Community Association looks ahead to purchase more forest area to conserve

A picture posted by Surge Narrows Community Association for their fundraiser, shows children enjoying in a Read Island forest. (Photo/Surge Narrows Community Association)
A representational picture of a grey wolf, similar to the one spotted in Zeballos .(Wikimedia commons)

North Island community issues wildlife conflict warning after wolves spotted

Zeballos cautions residents to follow wildlife safety directives after grey wolves attacked dog

A representational picture of a grey wolf, similar to the one spotted in Zeballos .(Wikimedia commons)
Mali was relocated to a remote mainland habitat days before it was shot dead. (Facebook/Grizzly Bear Foundation)

Grizzly bear just relocated from Vancouver Island shot dead

Mali, the bear who was rescued in historic joint efforts, was shot dead in an act of self defense

Mali was relocated to a remote mainland habitat days before it was shot dead. (Facebook/Grizzly Bear Foundation)
(Black Press Media files)

Earth Day: The roots of our current environmental crisis go back 12,000 years

The story of how our current environmental state came to be is over 12,000 years old

  • Apr 22, 2020
(Black Press Media files)
It’s difficult to imagine that just 50 years ago awareness of the state of the environment was not part of the collective consciousness. Photo: Metro Creative

Earth Day: A new relationship to wildlife is needed for nature and people

Dan Kraus is senior conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

  • Apr 22, 2020
It’s difficult to imagine that just 50 years ago awareness of the state of the environment was not part of the collective consciousness. Photo: Metro Creative
A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Alberta’s Orphan Well Association is warning that the financial failure of Calgary junior producer Houston Oil and Gas Ltd. leaves more than 1,400 wells without a responsible owner. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Trudeau says $1.7B coming for orphaned-well cleanups

Federal government is also creating a $750-million fund to cut methane emissions

A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Alberta’s Orphan Well Association is warning that the financial failure of Calgary junior producer Houston Oil and Gas Ltd. leaves more than 1,400 wells without a responsible owner. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Mali the young grizzly bear was relocated to a new natural habitat in a joint effort by First Nations and conservation officers. (Suzie Hall, Grizzly Bear Foundation/ Facebook)

Young grizzly bear saved by the joint efforts of First Nations and conservation officers on Hanson Island

Collaborative approach to relocate the grizzly was applauded by the Minister of Environment calling it a ‘power of partnership’

Mali the young grizzly bear was relocated to a new natural habitat in a joint effort by First Nations and conservation officers. (Suzie Hall, Grizzly Bear Foundation/ Facebook)
Petition against development of wetlands area in Qualicum Beach garners nearly 2,000 signatures

Petition against development of wetlands area in Qualicum Beach garners nearly 2,000 signatures

Preservation society: ’We believe this is a violation of the town’s bylaws’

Petition against development of wetlands area in Qualicum Beach garners nearly 2,000 signatures
Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor has been named one of The Starfish Canada Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich councillor named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25

Coun. Ned Taylor, three other young environmentalists from Greater Victoria on the list

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor has been named one of The Starfish Canada Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Snow on Mt. Benson. (Lana Johnson photo)

Mid-Island officials say no drought worries with below-normal snowpack

Snow pillow nearest to Nanaimo at 69 per cent of normal levels, says B.C. government official

Snow on Mt. Benson. (Lana Johnson photo)
This section of the Cowichan River, just below the “washout” run in the 5400 block of West Riverbottom Road, is now dry after the river changed course as a result of the rain storm at the beginning of the month. (Submitted photo)

Rain storm changes the course of the Cowichan River

Hatching fish to be monitored this spring after weather diverts course away from 1-kilometre bend

This section of the Cowichan River, just below the “washout” run in the 5400 block of West Riverbottom Road, is now dry after the river changed course as a result of the rain storm at the beginning of the month. (Submitted photo)
The fully-loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo

Trucking company fined $175K for Kootenay creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

The fully-loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo
Tim Ebata, a forest health officer with the province, shows where the ministry is planning to spray in and around Lake Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Tim Ebata, a forest health officer with the province, shows where the ministry is planning to spray in and around Lake Cowichan. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Jesse Zeman, BCWF director of fish and wildlife restoration, had the original idea to create an app after issues surrounding private land owners blocking access to public land presented themselves. (Photo submitted)

App for reporting poaching, trespassing gains steam in B.C. with 10,000 users

More than 10,000 users have downloaded it since it was introduced in 2016

Jesse Zeman, BCWF director of fish and wildlife restoration, had the original idea to create an app after issues surrounding private land owners blocking access to public land presented themselves. (Photo submitted)
B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock

B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock

If you wake up on time, you earn virtual seeds

B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock
Plastic straws are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, June 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

Plastics ban coming after Environment Canada science review backs need

In 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage ended up as litter in Canada, report says

Plastic straws are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, June 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
A new company in Victoria is hoping to offer a reusable option for coffee drinkers. (Facebook/The Nulla Project)

Victoria residents launch reusable coffee cup exchange program in downtown area

The Nulla Cup project is available at several downtown businesses

A new company in Victoria is hoping to offer a reusable option for coffee drinkers. (Facebook/The Nulla Project)
Pacific Northwest Transportation Services aims to have a zero-emission fleet by 2026. (File contributed/ pnwts.com)

Victoria shuttle service aims to use cruise ship waste as fuel

Pacific Northwest Transportation Services wants to have a zero emission fleet by 2026

Pacific Northwest Transportation Services aims to have a zero-emission fleet by 2026. (File contributed/ pnwts.com)